|Protesters greet the Nuns on the Bus to challenge their agenda to re-elect the most pro-abortion president in history!|
Tour Launch: Arlington, VAThe pastor at St. Charles, Fr. Horace "Tuck" Grinnell,
St. Charles Borromeo Church, Benedict Hall
3304 N. Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Reception and speaking program followed by tour launch in parking lot. All are
welcome to attend Mass at 9:00 a.m. preceding the reception.
is an unregenerate liberal who plays a major role in the Industrial Areas Foundation community organizing group, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE). VOICE and the Nuns on the Bus (from the liberal lobby group NETWORK) are on the same page -- get more government money for redistributing to their pet programs. The reality that there is no "government money" except what government takes from workers is ignored by these socialists. And some of the programs they propose for mandatory government funding could just as easily be done by local churches. For example, VOICE wants a full-time person hired at the McLean Community Center to organize senior activities. Why not work with local churches to organize activities? If parishes work together they could sponsor activities every day of the week. Not every function in life requires a government program. As a senior I resent the implication that we can't do anything for ourselves without a government leader.
Interestingly, there were enough complaints to the Diocese of Arlington about the Nuns on the Bus that a response was released by the Director of Communications:
Catholic Diocese of Arlington STATEMENT REGARDING THE "NUNS ON THE BUS" CAMPAIGN AND SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO CHURCH (ARLINGTON)The St. Charles Borromeo website continued to carry the event on their parish calendar today and local news reported that the event went on anyway. The nuns, according to news, "held a reception, speaking program and press conference this morning at St. Charles Borromeo Church (3304 Washington Blvd) near Clarendon. The event was the launch of a one-day bus tour of Virginia , which includes planned stops in Richmond and Virginia Beach." Fortunately, some protesters showed up to defend religious freedom and oppose the HHS mandate. These faux nuns are nothing but political shills. Their organization NETWORK works to achieve socialism and cares more about wetlands than killing millions of babies. Meanwhile they use traditional nuns as props. There is nothing traditional about them! Thankfully, a few protesters showed up to reflect the truth. May God reward them!
MICHAEL J. DONOHUE, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
DIOCESE OF ARLINGTON:
(Nov. 1, 2012) “Today, it came to the attention of the Diocese of Arlington that one of our parishes was planning to host the ‘Nuns on the Bus’ at a parish event tomorrow, in the lead-up to next week’s elections. The diocesan Political Activity Guidelines require parishes to submit a proposal in advance and consult with our Virginia Catholic Conference with regard to any planned event involving political or public policy issues. Those required steps were not taken for this event.
“The diocese therefore worked with the parish to modify the event so the Political Activity Guidelines would not be violated, while retaining the intended focus of the event on the parish’s outreach and social ministries. The ‘Nuns on the Bus’ are welcome to attend Mass at the parish, but they may not make any presentation, distribute any written material, or otherwise utilize the facilities of Saint Charles Borromeo Church in any way.
"It is unfortunate that the organizers of this event did not follow established diocesan procedures, which provide that that ‘No speakers are to be invited to events before receiving the reviewer’s approval.’ We regret the concerns of many in the diocese raised by the scheduling of a ‘Nuns on the Bus’ campaign event at one of our churches and any inconvenience to those involved."
And, incidentally, where are all the liberals who always scream separation of Church and State whenever a conservative clergyman tries to speak out about abortion? Let's see whether Fr. Grinnell is disciplined over this. Don't hold your breath!